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China’s ‘space dream’ in 500 words – Al Jazeera English

Beijing pours billions of dollars into its space programme with hopes of having a crewed space station by 2022.

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Chinas launch of an uncrewed spacecraft aimed at bringing back lunar rocks underlines just how far the country has come in achieving its space dream.
Beijing has poured billions of dollars into its military-run space programme with hopes of having a crewed space station by 2022 and of eventually sending humans to the moon.
Here is a look at Chinas space efforts through the decades:
Maos pledge
Soon after the Soviet Union launched Sputnik in 1957, Chairman Mao Zedong pronounced we too will make satellites.

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